Photography by Kassia Phoy.
Everything by Nas has been on repeat lately. “Some people have everything they probably ever wanted in life and never have enough.” That’s one of those verses that stick with you. For those of us that don’t have much, we may hear that and say, “Yo, not me! I don’t need everything. All I need is someone to love, to pay off my mortgage, a better job that gives me vacation when I want and lets me take longer than a 30-minute snack lunch!”
Think about it, “Some people have everything they probably ever wanted in life and never have enough.” At some point, you wished for everything you now have. It’s Friday, and lots of people are eager to leave work as they celebrate the arrival of the weekend - TGIF, fam! Think about this though: There was a point when you wanted what you now have. At some point you applied for the job you’re working. At some point you waited anxiously for the call from HR. At some point you went out with friends to celebrate your new job. Across the country there are millions of people who have been waiting anxiously by a phone for months, if not years, hoping for your version of everything. They’d look at you and say, “Yo, I don’t want everything! I just want to be able to pay my bills. I just want to get out of debt. I don’t need a vacation and I’ll eat my cheese sammich in 15 minutes and get back to work! I just want to work.”
I’m not saying you shouldn’t maximize the unique contribution you are able to give to the world or that you should spend your life working a dead end job that doesn’t give you fulfillment - but I am saying that you can be grateful for it. Because if you’re reading this, odds are you have enough. The people who finally got everything they ever wanted and still don’t have enough were empty before they “arrived.” We can change that by being grate-FULL before we arrive.
Instead of TGIF, let’s go with TGIHE (Thank God I Have Enough).